Web Series Review : Untag

This web series, coming from the nest of Voot has an impressive story line. It’s about the tags we give ourselves based on how we are or how we look , more than what we are capable of or how we feel.  Primarily dealing with the feeling of being “FAT” and hence bound by the belief of not being good enough for anyone – it also tackles the issues of being gay in this democratic country.

This web series has 6 episodes, each with a run time of 19 minutes each. Starring Anjali Anand(Shikha), Meiyang Chang( Nischay), Dipanita Sharma Atwal(Anahita), Andy Kumar(Cyrus),  Navin Polishetty( Sumit) and Shiv Pandit(Prithvi) and directed by Ashima Chibber – this is a breath of fresh air.

Shikha is a fat lady who just goes through a breakup. She stays with Nischay,a gay guy who isn’t apologetic of who he is. As time progresses, we see Shikha fall in love with a hot guy from rival marketing agency and Nischay finding love in a closet gay who will never come out, no matter what.

Let’s get this straight. In this world of fairness creams and 6-pack abs, it takes a lot more than just being funny to like a really fat girl. That part isn’t developed at all – it can’t be some random scenes of picking cactus and coming under the car.  On the other hand, Nischay and Sumit’s chemistry is shown well – Sumit shines really well and someone who can’t admit who’s gay but finds his true love nevertheless.  The way Shikha is told that she needs to stop hating herself because she is fat and unloveworthy, and how Nischay gets accepted by parents – are the highlight scenes of the webseries. Anyday, gay episodes win over shikha’s episodes.

Except these characters – every other character is un necessary.  Why is it important for every web series to have a boss who is young, ruthless woman? And why spread the web series so thin that you don’t know why majority of the  characters exist at all? The makers would have done a favour by just taking two tags – fat and gay and exploring in more depth. This web series is like stopping by Baskin Robbins and asking for taste of Vanilla, Honey Nut Crunch and Almond Praline Cream. So, in the end – you do know how they taste like, but you haven’t experienced anything in detail.

One time watch.

Rating : 6/10

Catch it here –

https://www.voot.com/shows/untag/1/464200/untag-uninterrupted-watch-the-whole-series/469781

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Author: Saraswathi Pulluru

Aham Bhrahmasmi.

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